Few travel experiences can compare with a Habitat GV building trip! If you're flexible, hardworking and looking for an opportunity to give back while learning about another culture, please consider joining us in Beius, Romania. No particular construction skills are needed, just a positive attitude and a openness to new people and new things. You won't regret it!
Romania is located in southeastern Europe. It borders the Black Sea and is situated between Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine. Romania has an estimated population of 22.3 million.
Its landscape is broken by the Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps. The climate is cold and cloudy in winter, with frequent snow and fog and sunny in Summer, with frequent showers and thunderstorms.
Romanian is the main ethnic group (nearly 90 percent), but there are also sizable Hungarian (6.6 percent) and Roma (2.5 percent) populations. Romanian is the country’s official language. The dominant religion is Eastern Orthodox (87 percent, including all sub-denominations). Minority religions include Protestant (7.5 percent) and Roman Catholic (4.7 percent).
About Habitat for Humanity Romania
Romania became the 50th Habitat for Humanity country after being invited to help in Beius. Six other communities, including Cluj-Napoca (Cluj), Pitesti, Radauti, Comanesti, Cumpana and Craiova have since taken up the challenge of ending poverty housing as part of Habitat. Now, more than 1,200 families in Romania, who previously lived in miserable conditions, have a safe and healthy home.
Beius, where this GV team will be building, is a small town of 12,000 inhabitants located in the northwest of Romania’s Bihor county, near the Romanian-Hungarian border. The town is located in a beautiful valley with many villages surrounded by mountains. Beius has a rural feel, and one should not be surprised to see a wagon with horses crossing through the town.
Founded in 1996, HFH Beius became the first Habitat affiliate in Romania and has since provided 100 families in the Beius community with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Partner families pay back the home mortgage over 20 years at no interest and invest 1,000 hours of sweat-equity labor on other Habitat homes.
For more information about Habitat for Humanity Romania, visit http://www.habitat.ro/.
Types of construction for volunteers
Depending on the stage of construction, teams will work on a variety of tasks, including new construction of single and duplex wood-frame houses and home renovations and repairs. No construction experience is required for GV participants.
Day 1, typically Friday: Depart for Romania.
Day 2, Saturday: Arrive in Budapest, Hungary; overnight in hotel; team dinner.
Day 3, Sunday: Travel to host program; welcome and orientation with Habitat host program staff member; dinner.
Days 4–6, Monday–Wednesday (workdays): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities.
Day 7, Thursday (free day): Breakfast served before traveling; free time for cultural activities; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities.
Days 8–9, Friday–Saturday (workdays): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner in local restaurants; time for team activities; walking tour of host city; farewell dinner on day 9.
Day 10, Sunday: Travel to Budapest, Hungary; free time; final team dinner.
Day 11, Monday: Departure day.
Note: Trip includes special events throughout the week, such as market tours, museum visits, etc.
Teams traveling to Beius, Romania, should expect to stay in a modest guesthouse with double- or triple-occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms. Meals are usually taken at local restaurants or prepared by the team. The first and last nights, the team will stay in double-occupancy rooms with a private bath at a hotel in Budapest, Hungary.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Increase your impact: Take the GV Challenge
Habitat for Humanity is accelerating its work to end poverty housing, and we need Global Village teams to help. Set a goal and fundraise to make your impact last longer than the days you’re in the field. Your support builds more homes, creates resource centers, educates families, and advances our projects to build sustainable communities. We’ll even provide tools to make fundraising easy. Take the GV Challenge – join us in sharing our story and building a better world.
Kate Collinson is a veteran of seven GV builds, most recently to Portugal and Guatemala. A Chicago native with a background in finance and design, she would love to talk with you about this trip. Please contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.